Select Committee on European Union Thirty-Fourth Report


The Inter-Service Quality Support Group (iQSG) proposes improvements in programming methodology as well as screening draft strategy papers and indicative programmes to ensure consistent high quality. Based in DG Development it also developed a common framework for Country Strategy Papers (CSPs) which contains a requirement to look at coherence. Each CSP should there identify linkages between external assistance, trade, fisheries, agriculture, conflict prevention, food security and the CFSP.

Country teams bring together all DGs and EC officials concerned with co-operation in a particular country. They carry out coherence analysis that that country and are therefore the primary instrument for ensuring that the EU adheres to a consistent and coherence policy towards a third country.

In addition there are policy coherence working groups for all geographic areas, including Africa, and on many thematic topics. Though not development oriented, they often consider development-related issues.

Finally, the Commission identifies, through an impact assessment process, the potential positive and negative economic, social and environmental effects of proposed new measures. The European Councils of December 2004 and May 2005 referred to impact assessment as the European tool for promoting policy coherence for development and called upon the Commission to improve it.

202   EU Mechanisms that promote policy coherence for development Scoping Study, European Centre for Development Policy Management, Maastricht, July 2005, pp31-33. Back

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